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How to get rid of bed bugs?

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How do u get rid of bed bugs
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Home Improvement
Expert:  Sally G. replied 1 year ago.
There are a variety of ways to treat this much depending on if you have kids, pets, and where the bed bugs are. On items such as electronics you would not use pesticides but heat. Heat will kill bed bugs.
Here you can find suggestions from the EPA on killing bedbugs on specific items such as mattresses or the whole home safely
http://cfpub.epa.gov/oppref/bedbug/
Here you can find information on using heat and steam and picking out a company that specializes in killing them http://www.americasbestmn.com/owners-blog
Expert:  SpecialistMichael replied 1 year ago.

Thank you for your question. I have actually helped other customers of JustAnswer with understanding their bedbug problem and the way to fix it. I can give you the short rundown so that you have a better idea of what it could entail.

So long story short, they are easy to transport and can live as long as 18 months without feeding. Obviously this may not be commonplace with all of them but they live a long long time.

If you suspect immediate contamination with bedbugs after visiting a house or a place that is known to have them, you have to freeze your clothing for at least a couple of weeks, OR dry the clothing for around 90 minutes - the bed bugs need to be brought up (or down) to temp and kept there for a given period of time. There are guidelines on these times, but also if you do your own extra research it will vary depending on who is saying it. I would use the epa as a guideline and then add a little more.

If you run into a situation of house or apartment infestation, generally the best way, unfortunately the most expensive and inconvenient way is to hire a company that specializes in the temperature based way of remediation of them. Basically they superheat your house to over 100 degrees and keep it there with their special heaters(do not attempt this yourself) and this kills the bed bugs.

Chemicals can do a fair job but the issue is its hard to get the deeper bugs and the eggs that may be hidden. All it takes is one live bug to restart everything, which is why heat is the best method - well. aside from promptly killing them at the very start if you suspect infections.

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